Posts for: May, 2016

By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
May 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
ActorDavidRamseySaysDontForgettoFloss

Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.

“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.

Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.

“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.

Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?

Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.

Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a third to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.

Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”

Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.

If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”


By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
May 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Cosmetic dentistry isn't just for looks.

When some people hear about cosmetic dentistry, they may immediately think of it as a frivolous luxury. However, Dr. Travon Holt and his cosmetic dentistrystaff at Midtown Dental Studio in Atlanta, Georgia want to dispel this myth. Cosmetic dentistry is about more than just aesthetics; it can help patients achieve dental function that they thought they'd never feel again, and can help them retain their smiles for a lifetime. Here's more about why cosmetic dentistry is more than just a bright smile:

Orthodontics

Midtown Dental Studio in Atlanta is pleased to offer Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using clear plastic trays that fit snugly over the teeth. By wearing these "invisible braces," patients smooth out their smile and eliminate crowding and overlaps that are notorious for trapping food particles. These areas are "hot spots" for decay because they're often hidden and go untouched by toothbrushes or floss. Straight teeth aren't just attractive... they're healthier as well!

Dental implants

Missing teeth can be unattractive, but there's another facet to them that most patients don't realize. When you have gaps in your smile from a tooth that has been extracted or lost to trauma, your other teeth are missing a vital part of their support structure. The teeth on either side of the gap begin to migrate into the empty, essentially searching for something to bump up against. This can cause teeth to dislodge, resulting in more tooth loss. This "domino effect" can be stopped in its tracks with dental implants from your Midtown Atlanta cosmetic dentist, which replace the entire structure of a missing tooth by implanting a small post under the gum line that holds the visible part of the restoration - the crown - in place.

Dentures

Like dental implants, dentures are designed to take the place of natural teeth that have been lost. Wearing dentures crafted by your Midtown Atlanta cosmetic dentist, Dr. Holt, offer the appearance of a more natural smile and actually "prop up" the muscles in the face, helping the wearer appear younger. But dentures also serve a more long-term purpose; they make chewing foods like vegetables and meat easier, allowing patients to maintain a proper diet as well.

If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of cosmetic dentistry, we encourage your to call Midtown Dental Studio in Atlanta, Georgia and set up a consultation with Dr. Travon Holt.


By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
May 03, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental injury  
AChildsDamagedToothmayrequireaDifferentApproachthananAdults

A traditional root canal procedure can be a “life-saver” for a decayed or injured tooth. But while it’s usually the best course for a damaged adult tooth, variations of the procedure are advisable for a new permanent tooth in a child or young adolescent.

This is because the inner pulp, the focus of the treatment, plays an important role in a young tooth’s development. When it first erupts a tooth’s dentin layer, the living tissue that makes up most of the body and roots of the tooth, hasn’t fully formed. The pulp increases the dentin layer over time in conjunction with jaw development.

Because a full root canal treatment removes all of the pulp tissue, it could interrupt any remaining dentin development in a young tooth. This could lead to poorly-formed roots and a less healthy tooth. For an immature permanent tooth, then, we would use variations of a root canal treatment depending on the nature and extent of the injury, the patient’s overall health and medications they may be taking.

Our main objective is to expose or remove as little of the pulp tissue as possible when treating the tooth. If the pulp hasn’t been exposed by the decay or injury, we may only need to remove the softened decayed or injured dentin while leaving harder dentin nearer the pulp intact. If, however, the pulp has become partially exposed by disease or injury, we would then perform a pulpotomy in which we remove only the exposed tissue and then place calcium hydroxide or mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) to stimulate dentin growth that will eventually patch the exposure site.

In cases where decay or injury has rendered an immature tooth’s pulp tissue unsalvageable, we may use a procedure known as apexification that seals off the open, cylindrical root end of the tooth. This will allow bone-like tissue to grow around the root to serve as added support for the tooth. Although it can save a tooth in the short run, the tooth’s long-term survival chances may be lower.

By using these and other techniques we may be able to save your child’s immature tooth. At the very least, such a technique could postpone replacing the tooth until a more opportune time in adulthood.

If you would like more information on treating damaged teeth in children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Saving New Permanent Teeth after Injury.”